At a special liturgy scheduled to coincide with its patronal feast, Christ the King Parish, Commack, warmly welcomed its new pastor, Father Robert Ketcham, during his official installation on Nov. 24, the solemnity of Christ the King. Auxiliary Bishop Richard Henning, serving as Bishop John Barres’ representative, was the principal celebrant and homilist at the 12:30 p.m. Mass. Father Ketcham, who up until this past spring had served as chaplain for six years at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School, West Islip, ministers as a pastor for the first time.  At Christ the King, he succeeds Father Joseph Davanzo, who was appointed the pastor of Our Lady of Grace Church, West Babylon. Father Ketcham was ordained in 2008 and began his priestly ministry as an associate pastor at Holy Name of Mary Parish, Valley Stream.

Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz